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Workshops and training for researchers

 Attendance at MRE sessions counts towards Postgraduate Researcher training hours.  Add details to your eProg record following our MRE_eProg_guide.pdf.

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Overview of reference management tools

Today, 10:00 - 11:30 GMT

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Getting organised: guidance for using reference management tools

Keeping track of published research, referencing other research outputs in your own writing and identifying new opportunities for collaboration can be time-consuming processes.

In this session we will help you to be well-organised and efficient, showing you how reference management software can help store, organise and annotate references and create accurate citations and bibliographies in thousands of different referencing styles.

Web-based packages also enable you to build academic social networks to share and discuss research publications, identify researchers working in your field and crowd-source the latest publications in your research area.

This workshop will introduce you to using reference management tools and the support provided by The University of Manchester Library.

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Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

Tue 1 Dec 2020, 10:30 - 11:45 GMT

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

In this fully interactive workshop you will learn a range of improvisation techniques that will improve your confidence about public speaking and informal networking. Improvisation is a form of unscripted theatre that relies on heightened communication and creativity. Aside from performance, it can be also be used to promote teamwork, enhance presentation skills and ease social anxiety. We will focus on the application of improvisation for improving public speaking skills and will provide you with practical exercises to help you build confidence in communicating with a variety of audiences. Learn to be more present, feel confident speaking in any setting and embrace failure.

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Shut up and write

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Shut Up and Write is an event for researchers to come together for a fixed amount of time and write. The aim is not to put pressure on you to be productive, rather, to help you carve out some dedicated time to write and to present a chance to connect with other researchers. It is a great way make progress on those thesis chapters, journal articles, or grant applications.

Whilst two hours doesn't sound like much, it is amazing what you can get done if you really focus. There will be short, scheduled breaks in between writing sessions of 35 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task. During the breaks there will also be time to reflect on some of the challenges we are facing as a research community and how we might support one another.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tue 1 Dec 2020, 13:30 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 16 Dec 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 14 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 16:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 26 Jan 2021, 09:30 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Introduction to managing research materials and data for the Faculty of Humanities

Thu 3 Dec 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 GMT

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Have you ever had problems finding the latest version of a file, or discovered a file name you did not understand?

Researchers receive, collect and manage a lot of information from different sources ranging from documents and publications to surveys and videos. Managing your information can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

* Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

* Methods for working collaboratively on your files

* Writing a data management plan

* Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

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Creating and managing your ORCID

Mon 7 Dec 2020, 10:30 - 11:30 GMT

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Ensuring connections between you and your research, ORCIDs are being adopted across all elements of the research community (ie. universities, publishers, funders) as the universal method for uniquely identifying researchers.

They are free to create and link researchers to their research activities.

At this session you can:

* Learn more about the benefits of ORCIDs

* Find out how to create your own ORCID

* Discover how to easily manage your ORCID account

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An introduction to publishing your research, hosted by Wiley (online)

Tue 8 Dec 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 GMT

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

In this workshop experts from Wiley, one of the UK's biggest publishers, will walk you through the publishing process from start to finish, from initially choosing a journal to sharing your published paper.

You will be introduced to key aspects of the publication process, and learn tips for giving your manuscript the best chance of acceptance. The session will also include discussion of Open Access publishing, as well as some of the main metrics for article and journal performance.

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Writing your Data Management Plan a QA session online

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Are you starting to write your Data Management Plan but have questions? Then this hour long session is for you. Here is the format:

* Introduction and a brief overview of the Data Management Plan, including why each section is important

* 20 min question and answer session - ask any DMP related questions on your mind

* 10 min break - we would encourage this time to be spent looking at your DMP to see if you can apply what youve learnt

* 10 min for any further questions and session wrap up

If this sounds like something that would be useful to you, book onto a session today and start getting your questions ready.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 9 Dec 2020, 11:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 21 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 15:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Choosing a Credible Journal and How to Avoid 'Predatory Publishers'

Wed 13 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

This workshop will equip you with the skills to spot so-called 'Predatory Publishers', and feel confident in the credibility of the journals you will be submitting to. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Feel confident in your ability to identify credible journals
  • Understand the motivations behind 'Predatory Publishing'
  • Understand the consequences of submitting your work to non-reputable journals
  • Spot the common characteristics of non-reputable publishers
  • Use established tools and processes to check the credibility of a journal

As part of this workshop we will be running an activity where a personal device (mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc.) would be useful but is not essential.

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MRE Writing Retreat Online (day one) (Online)

Tue 19 Jan 2021, 13:00 - 16:30 GMT

We are running two half-day online writing retreats, come to either or both, whatever works for you and your current circumstances.

We hope the Writing Retreat will help you carve out some dedicated time to write, connect with other researchers, and reflect on the challenges you are facing and share tips to overcome these.

To help you stay motivated and connected to other researchers, the retreat will be spent in concentrated writing sessions with regular short, scheduled breaks (to make a cuppa, stretch or chat with other participants).

The retreat will take place on Zoom, booking is essential to receive the Zoom link, we will email you with instructions on how to access the retreat the day before.

Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

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MRE Writing Retreat Online (day two) (Online)

Wed 20 Jan 2021, 09:30 - 13:00 GMT

We are running two half-day online writing retreats, come to either or both, whatever works for you and your current circumstances.

We hope the Writing Retreat will help you carve out some dedicated time to write, connect with other researchers, and reflect on the challenges you are facing and share tips to overcome these.

To help you stay motivated and connected to other researchers, the retreat will be spent in concentrated writing sessions with regular short, scheduled breaks (to make a cuppa, stretch or chat with other participants).

The retreat will take place on Zoom, booking is essential to receive the Zoom link, we will email you with instructions on how to access the retreat the day before.

Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

Find out more